Mayor furious over AIVD ploy in The Hague
9 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Mayor Wim Deetman has demanded an explanation over revelations the Dutch security service AIVD deliberately rented a house in The Hague to a terror suspect who was later arrested after four police officers were injured in a grenade attack.
9 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — Mayor Wim Deetman has demanded an explanation over revelations the Dutch security service AIVD deliberately rented a house in The Hague to a terror suspect who was later arrested after four police officers were injured in a grenade attack.
Jason W. was arrested with co-accused Ismaël A following a 14-hour stand-off with special forces officers in the Antheunisstraat on 10 November. Both men and 10 other suspects of the alleged terror network Main City Group are accused of planning attacks against prominent Dutch politicians, including MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Deetman is furious that the AIVD did not inform him that W. — a suspected Islamic militant — had been given a house by the security service in the densely-populated Laak Quarter district of The Hague. "Police officers were wounded and it could have turned out worse," he said.
He is now demanding answers from Interior Minister Johan Remkes and asserts that an independent commission should be established to scrutinise the security service's method of passing information on. He said it should be compulsory for the security service to inform city councils about its activities.
Deetman said the city's security committee — the mayor, chief of police and the chief public prosecutor — were not given the chance to decide if the actions taken were responsible, newspaper De Volkskrant reported on Wednesday.
It was revealed on Saturday that the AIVD rented a house to W. after it had been fitted out with bugging equipment. As police officers moved in to arrest him, a hand grenade was thrown from the house, sparking a major terror operation.
Tear gas and a quick exchange of gunfire ended the siege 14 hours later. Police officers later found three more grenades in one of the suspects' jackets, a court was told this week.
Rotterdam Court extended W.'s remand detention and that of the 11 other suspects by 90 days on Monday as investigations into the case continue. It is alleged that the Main City Group (Hofstadgroep) was also in contact with Mohammed B., the man arrested for the murder of Theo van Gogh last year.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news